Ballina’s Andrew Burke gets assistance in the line-out against Southern Cross University. Ballina won 41-19.
Ballina’s Andrew Burke gets assistance in the line-out against Southern Cross University. Ballina won 41-19. DOUG EATON

Front and centre for this Cockatoo

LENNOX Head rugby union captain Jeff Wilson has represented the NSW Country Cockatoos at No 8, flanker and second-row.

However, for the second week in a row Wilson will find himself in the centres when the Trojans play the Casino Bulls in Far North Coast rugby at Williams Reserve, Lennox Head, today.

"Depending on which way you look at, I'm lucky or unlucky to be in the centres," Wilson said.

"We have Harry Bungate, Jack Davies and Rob Fish all playing well in the forwards so it made sense to leave those guys there.

"I'm happy to play anywhere and it's been fun so far."

Wilson scored a try and was one of the Trojans' best when they beat competition leaders Wollongbar-Alstonville 36-15 last weekend.

However, he comes up against two of the quickest centres in the competition today in Tom Bishop and James Whitnell.

"The wet track definitely helped me last week and it's not going to be easy against the steppy fast blokes," Wilson said.

"Our defence has been pretty good lately and hopefully the win against Wollongbar has set us up for the back end of the season.

"But Casino are one of those teams that you can't take lightly no matter where they are on the ladder."

In other games, winger Joel Staude will make his first-grade debut for the Ballina Seahorses when they host the Wollongbar-Alstonville Pioneers at Quays Reserve, Ballina.

The Pioneers welcome back centre Arlo Cluff and prop Justin Whicker but will be without No 8 Shaun Ellis.

And Southern Cross University head south to play Grafton at Grafton Rugby Park.

Lismore City has the bye.

 

POINTSCORE

Wollongbar-Alstonville 44, Lennox Head 44, Lismore 37, Ballina 33, Casino 25, Grafton 15, Southern Cross University 9.



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